July 10, 2019 
The Source for Livonia News and Opinions   
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Music from the Heart starts its summer run tomorrow, July 11, on the back porch of our Livonia City Hall. Featured entertainment is Motor City Soul.

Touch a Truck returns for another exciting year. Check it out July 27th.

Livonia Rotary AM working in conjunction with t he Churchill Interact club is hosting Touch-A-Truck, which is a hands-on family event that provides a unique opportunity for children and adults alike to explore vehicles of all types including public service, emergency, utility, construction, landscaping, transportation, delivery, and just plain awesome - all in one place. They can hear sirens, watch the tractor bucket move, learn how they operate all up close and hands on.

This exciting exhibit is set for Saturday, July 27 from 10:00 to 2:00 at our historic Greenmead Village.

The organizers are requesting a $1.00 parking donation at the event to help them on our mission to support local organizations.

In consideration of visitors who are sensitive to loud noises, Touch a Truck 2019 is offering a "quiet hour" beginning at 9:00 AM, the one hour before it opens with all the bells and whistles. The Rotary Club wishes to thank those who provided helpful feedback" on how they can improve the event.

With 12 candidates running for City Council and 8 moving on to the general election how do we decide who to vote for. On Wednesday Musings will take a look at that important decision.

It is time for Livonia to move ahead and start the changes; implementing the master plan, address the police recruitment and retention issue, creation of the Livonia Volunteer Corp, implement a marketing effort to enlist our residents in identifying issues and engaging in solving them. It is time and this election provides us with an opportunity to elect candidates who will not just sit on the sideline but will actively enlist citizens to take ownership of their community government.

We get a kick out of candidates for city council who think the world revolves around them, their personality changes, they go to hometown events they never knew about until they filed for office, and they talk to people they have passed by hundreds of times and never said a word.

Oh, and they ask people to help them "win" in August. But you win nothing in the primary. Nothing. You are nominated to campaign in the general election in November. That is why campaign literature is filled with cliches, mantras, the tried and true platform saying "honest", "efficent" "economic development." Statements sounding good but without substance to back them up.

Fortunately this year Livonia has the best crop of candidates we have had in decades. You read that right. We have candidates that could if willing  lead this community through to an intelligent discussion of substantive issues between August and November. 

So how do we narrow the field down to just 8 from the 12 that filed. Musings is not going to provide the top 4 as that comes in the general election. Instead we will take a look at the choices we have. Musings can discuss but you have the vote.

Scott Bahr and  Kathleen McIntyre by virtue of their incumbency and name recognition should finish first and second. Both have their shortcomings but also their strengths. It is the hope of the typewriter that McIntyre finishes number o ne so  as to be the council president. With a new Mayor being sworn in this January we will need someone with the historical council perspective to have the council work with a new Mayor to move Livonia forward. McIntyre has served as President of the Council before. We can use this experience.

As the candidates rally vying for the two open positions in November let's remember that the results will not matter in August as long as the six best candidates finish 3-8. I do not take the belief that someone running in the primary must finish 3, 4, 5 to have a shot in November. If I have heard that once I have heard it a hundred times. Those holding that belief are the ones hoping to maintain the status quo with a dominant paradigm that supports hand picked candidates of the establishment. The slate is wiped clean after August 6th and the only thing that matters after that is retail politics, meeting folks, and getting your platform before the voters.

With that in mind let's look at the top two newest faces on the political scene Brandon McCullough and Jim Davis followed closely behind by Rob Donovic and Gregory Coppolla, although it could be argued that Coppolla's service on the ZBA and close relationship with the existing dominant paradigm does not make him a new face in politics. 

If the typewriter were to start a council with all new Commissioners McCullough and Davis would be the first two selected. McCullough is a strong new voice, one that this typewriter feels should be the first vote on city ballots this August. He deserves the attention by any and all Livonia residents who want to see new faces and new ideas brought into city government. He brings municipal experience as facilities manager for the City of Novi and previously as Director of Construction for Habitat for Humanity. 

Davis is slowly moving up in our estimation as one involved in his neighborhood community with an understanding of his core values allowing him the presence of mind to understand issues for our larger community. He brings experience as a Wayne  County Sheriff with a skill set  in management and supervision and fully understands the need for implementation of a mission and vision throughout the organization, in this case city council.

The enigma waiting to be defined is Rob Donovic. I come away talking with him convinced that he is right on point on a number of subjects. His hyper-charged  partisan role in previous years placed him with strong views aligning with one party and who openly acknowledges his desire to move up the political ladder. So one has to wonder if he is a breath of fresh air or if he will return Livonia to the partisan days where only one party held sway.

With that being said he went out in the past year and joined the Jaycees, becoming an officer, joining the Rotary AM and Livonia Lions, and being appointed to the Livonia Arts Commission. And every time this typewriter asked his help he was there offering. Without any hesitation I feel he has a bright future as a community leader but he has to take the time between August and November to convince people that his growth from a partisan to one representing the entire community is sincere. I think he can. I hope he can.

Coppolla is just now presenting an image of who he is despite his service on the ZBA. He is closely aligned with the establishment paradigm that currently controls our city elections. As a new face on the scene he could bridge the gap between those who have exercised power and those who want to be engaged but have been shut out for too many years. I am hoping that  he can be accessible to the entire community. I think he can.

Eileen McDonnell Eileene McDonnell brings an understanding of the political process by virtue of having served on the Board of Education. An opponent of the legacy proposal shutting schools she nevertheless won election and maneuvered through the landscape of an "us" versus "them" paradigm on the school board. She is willing to ask the questions that need to be addressed and would bring this approach to a city council that all to often has hesitated to offer anything other than a go-along attitude. With the strong mayor attitude of Jack Kirksey and now a mayor whose leadership style is to allow the bureaucracy to run the city there is a need for an approach that hopefully McDonnell can provide.  Questions that need to be asked and answers that need to be forthcoming.

The eighth candidate to move on to November should be Steve King. One of my favorite candidates each time he runs King has disappointed. Several city hall observers including one candidate for Mayor calls him 'the most knowledgeable with the most ideas" of anyone running for Council. I agree. The problem is that he will not raise money, will not hold a fund raiser or gathering, will not contact absentee ballot voters and will not prepare literature. In fact his campaign blog has information from his past campaigns. If he were to lay out his depth and breath of knowledge and platform this community would be blown away. But his response is always "I am campaigning." Where Steve? You have a lot of fans waiting.

Just once the typewriter would like to see King run an aggressive campaign not just complain about how busy he is. Many in our hometown way "we love guy." Steve if you are serious about running and serving you need to show it.

Gerald Perez brings a knowledge base to the campaign that would enhance the debate going into November. He especially understands the significant issue of the reduction of our police ranks and reasons we are losing police offices and have a difficulty in recruiting new officers. His ideas on the environment are also worth incorporating into the discussion. But Perez does not have the organizational strength to wage a significant campaign, although his retail efforts at politics are worth applauding. 

Three candidates are not campaigning and unfortunately have caused the city to have a primary campaign without a real challenge or debate. We love primaries but not if there is limited campaigning other than who has the most number of signs. 

Yes, we have a solid field of candidates running but we also have three that will only take votes away from those serious about running. One, Brian Duggan, has served on the council and is chair of the arts commission, an active realtor in town he could offer an interesting insight into those moving to our city, but it just is not happening. The votes he receives should go to one of the candidates vying seriously for a position.

Nicolas Turco, a graduate of the typewriter's high school, has made Livonia his home after high school. Had he jumped in feet first to this campaign like another Franklin graduate Brandon McCullough he could have offered real insight to what those families who stayed in Livonia after high school are looking for in a hometown. Hopefully he will be offered an opportunity to serve on a city commission along with the challenge to be engaged in the future of his hometown. He is the type of citizen our leadership needs to recruit and engage.

Leo Weber. I will not go there.

We like all of the candidates running for nomination in August. But we need to insure that in the general election we have a real discussion and not just name recognition and cliches filling the ballot. There is a potential with this field that could happen. Musings will be there each step of the way. Remember these are one view by one observer. It is up to you to offer your views by voting early and often.

Fine Arts Gallery at the Bennett Civic Center Library featuring 
the Paint and Palette Sisters  to exhibit July and August

The Paint and Palette Sisters are currently exhibiting at the Fine Arts Gallery, 2nd floor of the Bennett Civic Center Library.  Their reception is this Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:30. 

 There is a wide variety of mediums and styles by 12 local artists.   If you can't make the reception, the exhibit will be up until August 30th.
The group originally formed at an art camp put on by Edee Joppich.  The artists still paint up north every fall and have become an active critique group the rest of the year.  

Artists include Joyce Tinkham, Elaine Babala,  Abigail Alvarez, Loretta Neville, Patricia Becker, Mary Ann Adams, Karen Judnich, Virginia Bosak, Karla Kerber, Edee Joppich, Kitty Weaver and Janis Madias.  The image on the right is a pastel by Loretta Neville and on the left a picture of a portion of the Gallery.  

Election Season in our Hometown
Absentee ballots started to be mailed on June 26

Livonia Board of Education
The Livonia schools will have two proposals on the ballot.
The first is a renewal millage 
Endorsed by FridayMusings
Endorsed by Livonia Chamber of Commerce 
The second is a sinking fund proposal. 
Endorsed by FridayMusings
Endorsed by Livonia Chamber of Commerce  
Two pieces of literature received in the mail

City of Livonia

Mayor primary in August
Top two nominated for general election in November. You may vote for one of the following three:

Laura Toy 
Mayor Dennis Wright , 
Former Mayors Jack Kirksey, Jack Engebretson
Councilwomen Kathleen McIntyre and Cathy White 
Councilman Brian Meakin
One piece of literature received in the mail
Yard signs available to request

Bruce Tenniswood 
Yard signs available to request

Maureen Miller Brosnan 
Councilman Jim Jolly, 
Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, 
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 2
Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors
Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council
Teamsters Local 299, 
Dan Centers, Livonia School Board Trustee, 
Tim Klisz, Zoning Board of Appeals Member 
Gretchen Alaniz, Schoolcraft College Trustee
Brian Broderick, Schoolcraft College Board Chair
Janice Centers, Zoning Board of Appeals Member
 Former Livonia City Council Members Mike McGee,
 Joe Taylor, and Dale Jurcisin
Two pieces of literature received in the mail
One piece of literature left at door by canvasser
Yard signs available to request

City Council primary election in August
Top eight nominated for general election in November
Four to be elected. Top three for 4-year term. 
The 4th for a 2-year term. 

You may vote for up to 4 of the following 12. As candidates announce endorsements they will be listed:

Scott Bahr 
Mayors Dennis Wright, Jack Kirksey, Jack Engebretson, Treasurer Lynda Scheel, 
all members of the Livonia City Council, 
School Trustees Mark Johnson, Colleen Burton, 
Crystal Frank. Karen Bradford, 
Jim McCann, former City Council President, 
John Walsh, former City Councilman 
  John Pastor, former City Councilman
Joe Taylor, former City Councilman, 
Patrick Colbeck, former State Senator, 
Laura Cox, former State Representative
Randy Liepa, former Livonia Public Schools Superintendent
Shadd Whitehead, former Livonia Fire Chief,
Terry Marecki, Wayne County Commissioner, 
Right to Life Michigan  
One piece of literature received in the mail
Yard signs available to request
Gerald Perez

Robert Donovic 
Schoolcraft Trustee Dillon Breen, 
Mayor Dennis Wright, 
Councilwoman Laura Toy, Councilman Brian Meakin, 
Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors, 
Schoolcraft Trustee Gretchen Alaniz, 
County Commissioner Diane Webb,
State Representative Jewell Jones, 
Former State Senator Patrick Colbeck
One piece of literature received in the mail
Yard Signs available to request
Eileen Mc Donnell
 County Commissioners  Glenn S. AndersonDiane Webb, former LPS School Board member  Dianne Zawlocki Laura, former Livonia City Council member Joe Laura, 
Schoolcraft College Trustee  Gretchen Alaniz!
Yard Signs available to request
Councilmen Jim Jolly, Brandon Kritzman
Great Detroit Building & Construction Trades Council, 
Sheet Metal Workers' Local 80,
 Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, 
County Commissioner Diane Webb
One piece of literature received in the mail
Yard Signs available to request

Kathleen McIntyre  
Mayor Dennis Wright, 
Livonia Police Officers Association 
Treasurer Lynda Scheel, 
Commissioner Terry Marecki, 
Schoolcraft Trustee Gretchen Alaniz
Yard Signs available to request
Send your calendar notices to  rwilliamjoyner@gmail.com
July in Livonia
Wilson Barn Farmers Market  Every Saturday in July
St. Mary Mercy Farmers Market every Friday in July

July 11 @ 7:00 - 9:00
Music from the Heart
Livonia City Hall Back Porch
Featuring Motor City Soul

  July 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Coffee Hour with Representative Laurie Pohutsky,  
 Panera Bread, 28851 Schoolcraft Road

July 16 @ 6:30 - 8:30
Livonia Jaycee General Membership Meeting
Rotary Park - Pavilion  #1

July 17 @ 6:00 - 7:00
Informational meeting re: school ballot proposals
LPS Administrative Offices

July 18 @ 7:00 - 9:00
Music from the Heart
Livonia City Hall Back Porch
Featuring Trilogy

July 19 @ 6:00 - 9:00
Livonia Jaycees Women Self Defense Event

July 20 @ 10:00
Rotary Park Tennis Courts
Grand Reopening

July 20 - August 3

July 21, 2:00-7:00
 Livonia Democratic Club Summer Picnic @  Rotary Park
 Bring the family because the great new kids' play structure is next to the shelter.  This free event will include  burgers, dogs, chicken, and soft drinks and adult beverages.  Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share.

July 21 @ Schoolcraft College
25th Annual
Michigan Jazz Festival
July 23 @ 6:00
Summer Fun Series
Rotary Park
Miss Paula and Candy Bandits

July 25 @ 6:30 - 9:00
City Election Candidate Speed Dating, sponsored by the Livonia Democratic Club @Livonia Civic Senior Center
July 25 @ 7:00 - 9:00
Music From the Heart
Livonia City Hall Back Porch
Rock and Roll Never Forgets- Bob Seger Tribute

July 26-27  
Friends of the Livonia Library 

July 27 @ 10:00 - 2:00
Touch a Truck @  Greenmead 
July 30 @ 6:00
Summer Fun Series
Kirksey Recreation Center
Momford & Sons 6:30
Movie 8:20
August in Livonia
Wilson Barn Farmers Market Every Saturday this month
St. Mary Mercy Farmers Market every Friday in August

August 2-3
St. Andrew's Society  170th Annual Highland Games 
Greenmead Historical Park
August 10 @ 5:00
Livonia Jaycee Bar Crawl

August 17 @ 11:00 - 3:00
Campus of City Hall and Kids Art from the Heart

September in Livonia
September 6 @ 11:30
Chamber of Commerce @ Vista-Tech Center
Sunday September 15 @ 1:00 - 4:00

A project of FridayMusings
Sponsored by
Livonia YMCA
In coordination with
Livonia Parks and Recreation
In partnership with
Livonia Rotary AM Club
Community Financial Credit Union
Bob Hardies F&PA
Corn prepared by
Livonia Lions
Beverag es provided by
Livonia Jaycees
Pulled Pork sandwiches provided by
Blue Plate Dinner
Community organizations to date
Blessings in a Backpack
Ian Clemons Foundation
Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church
Livonia YMCA
Livonia Civic Chorus
Bob Hardies Best Kept Secrets of Livonia
Livonia Youth Symphony
Rotary AM Club
Livonia Parks and Recreation
Livonia Symphony Orchestra
Livonia Community Foundation
Livonia Jaycees
Bob Hardies Best Kept Secrets of Livonia
Community Financial Credit Union
Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Livonia Lions

September 28 @ 10:00 - 6:00
Guns and Gowns @ Greenmead

October in Livonia
October 3 @ 7:00
Presenting Sponsor
Bob Hardies, Financial & Portfolio Advisors
Cinematic Art expands in Livonia with the introduction of Fathom Events at the Phoenix Theatre

The Met Opera: II Barbiere di Siviglia - 
Summer Encore
July 10 - 7:00pm
Sound! Euphonium: 
The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day
July 11 - 7:00pm (Subbed)
July 15 - 7:00pm (Dubbed)
The Met Opera: Aida - Summer Encore
July 17 - 7:00pm
Glory 30 th Anniversary (1989)
July 21 - 1:00pm
July 21 - 4:00pm
July 24 - 4:00pm
July 24 - 7:00pm
This Changes Everything
July 22 - 7:30pm
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: 
Arrow of the Orion
July 23 - 7:30pm
The Muppets Movie 40 th Anniversary (1979)
July 25 - 12:30pm
July 30 - 12:30pm
Kiki's Delivery Service - Studio Ghibli Fest 2019
July 28 - 12:55pm
July 29 - 7:00pm
Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story
July 31 - 8:00pm
Click on this image for all movie times

Livonia Chamber of Commerce supports our public school district's millage renewal and replacement in August vote


Second informational meeting regarding Livonia public school district's millage renewal and replacement in August vote

Madonna excels with their offering of a
Summer Opera Theatre

Are you ready for the 170th Highland Games?
Right here in our historic Greenmead Village.


Save the date - Sunday, July 21, 12 noon - 9 p.m. for the biggest one day free jazz event in the Midwest with seven stages of jazz music at Schoolcraft College.  Great jazz. Free admission. Free parking. You can not beat it. Oh, and Henry's Cafe is serving award winning cuisine that Schoolcraft College is known for.

Held on the grounds of Schoolcraft College the very best jazz musicians in Metro Detroit and Southeastern Michigan converge for this legendary one-day event to showcase their wares, and prove once again why they collectively are some of the very best performers in the world.

Following the grand legacy of musicians who came from this area like Tommy Flanagan, the Jones Brothers, Sir Roland Hanna, Roy Brooks, Harold McKinney, Ron Carter, Yusef Lateef, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Paul Chambers, Paul Klinger, James Dapogny, Louis Smith and Tad Weed among many others, the current crop of veterans and younger players keep that lineage strong and true to its roots and traditions.

Conducted annually on the third Sunday in July, the Michigan Jazz Festival is poised to present a diversified line-up of local all-star jazz names as strong as any festival in the U.S.A.

The beautiful and modern Vis-Ta-Tech Center houses six of the stages, with advanced graphics, high tech electronic audio and visual enhancements. A solo piano room, big band showcase hall, small ensemble concert theater, underground Rathskeller stage, outdoor tent, an expanded seventh stage in the Brew Pub for duets, and the main cafeteria for student performers - are all open throughout the day.

Scheduled to run July 25, 26, 27
Livonia Community Theatre

Only in Livonia can you combine history and art.
Barefoot Productions does it the best.

Livonia YMCA partnering with Livonia Public Schools Students

Campaign events scheduled for hometown candidates 

Gerald Perez for City Council      Jim Davis for City Council
Laura Toy for Mayor      Maureen Brosnan for Mayor
Rob Donovic for City Council      Brandon McCullough for City Council
League of Women Voters primary forum  
Chamber of Commerce Mayoral primary forum
Livonia Democratic Club candidate night
FridayMusings will continue to post campaign events and fundraisers for candidates seeking office. We have over the past month posted announcements from Laurie Pohutsky, Bruce Tenniswood, Maureen Miller Brosnan, Laura Toy, Gregory Coppola, Brandon McCullough, Jim Davis, Robert Donovic, Gerald Perez, the Livonia Chamber of Commerce  the Livonia Republican Club, League of Women Voters and the Livonia Democratic Club. As long as the announcements are shared with Musings  they will be shared with our readers.

 Picnic with Perez in the Park every Monday in July

Pack a lunch and have some good conversations at noon on these dates with Gerald Perez. 
Weather permitting.    7/15 Stymelski Park by the YMCA        7/22 Pastor Park by Jackson Center
7/29 Nash Park by Roosevelt Elementary School between 5 and Lyndon

Jim Davis for City Council July 11
Laura Toy for Mayor July 11

League of Women Voters of Northwest Wayne County July 11
The 12 City Council candidates will be featured in two 45-minute segments beginning at 6:30. At 8:10, the 3 mayoral candidates will participate in a forum. The audience may submit questions which will be asked by a League moderator. If you would like to submit questions in advance, you may send them to: lwvmail@yahoo.com

Brosnan for Mayor Canvas July 13 @ 3:00 - 6:00
Sprinklers Fitters Local 704 32500 West Eight Mile
Special Guest Suneel Gupta!

Brandon McCullough for Council BB-Q July 14
16158 Bell Creek Ct. 48152 @ 12:00 - 3:00

Livonia Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum July 17
7:00 - 9:00 Bennett Civic Center Library

Rob Donovic for City Council July 18

Livonia Democratic Club Candidate Night July 25